Florida vehicle owners may be shocked to learn that more than 50 million vehicles were recalled for safety defects in 2014. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says one vehicle in every five on United States roads posed critical personal injury hazards. All the parts of every vehicle have to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and auto defects typically bring about recalls.
The defective cars and trucks have led to a multitude of lawsuits by accident victims against vehicle manufacturers and auto dealers after injuries and deaths resulted from auto accidents involving recalled vehicles. The safety recalls during 2014 included a variety of defects, including those that affected the drivers' control over their vehicles. Such defects included faulty steering components, ignition systems, accelerator controls and cracking tires. Other defects posed fire hazards, such as leaking fuel systems and defective wiring systems that could ignite fires in an accident.